By Martha Stoelting
NORTH WEBSTER — Candace Smythe was honored for her 25 years with the North Webster Police Department at the North Webster Town Council meeting, Tuesday, July 21. It was held in the North Webster Community Center. She received an engraved plate to commemorate the anniversary from President Lisa Strombeck and Police Chief Greg Church to a round of applause to those in attendance.
Council approved the purchase of a blower motor for the waste treatment plant in the amount of $15,300 from B.L. Anderson Co.
“It is an important piece of equipment for our wastewater treatment plant,” explained Inframark Utilities Manager Jayne Alger.
A bid for a paint striper was tabled. Alger also introduced Kirt Ervin, vice president of the central region for Inframark Water & Infrastructure Services, which contracts with the town.
Church said the police department is accepting applications to hire a new officer until the end of July. Applications are available at the police station. The town council agreed to the request from the North Webster Lions Club to close East Washington Street from Blaine to Harrison streets for an event Saturday, July 25.
Park board secretary Tammy Waliczek reported the Music in the Park free concert series was continuing at 7 p.m. each Friday through Labor Day weekend. Mark Hubbs has resigned his position as a park board member and Kevin Mcgonagle was approved by council to take his seat on the park board.
New sod was being purchased by the Dixie Sternwheeler Inc. for damage to lawn caused by the Dixie being out of the water. Irrigation and cement issues have been repaired in North Webster Town Park.
In other business, Alger noted that the IDEM had visited and given a favorable report. Town employee Joe Clark had attended air-vac school and brought home a lot of information. A storm drain will need to be replaced on Second Street after a house removal. The department is waiting for estimates from contractors to fix the situation.
Church had issued several ordinance violations and will get with town attorney Jack Birch to follow up. Officers drove 4,066 miles in June using 317.8 gallons of fuel. Officers worked 809.5 hours.
A budget workshop will be held in town hall at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30. The next regular meeting of the town council will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, in North Webster Community Center, 301 N. Main St.